If AT&T decided to back DirecTV in October, that'd be a pretty major hit for Dish Network. I would assume that the number of subscribers to Dish Network through AT&T is not a small number.
That's my thinking too.... Too much would change on the customer's end. As petty as it seems, something like all new channel numbers, not to mention different hardware, would be a nightmare for ATT to deal with.Swapping out all of that hardware without charging the end customer would be murder on them. I doubt they'd make any of their DishNetwork customers switch to D*. Likely just new customers would be offered D*.
They didn't swap out any of the DirecTV based Bellsouth/AT&T customers when that contract ended, just not doing new installs. So the same thing may happen if AT&T goes with D*, E* folks keep what they have but all new installs go to D*.That's my thinking too.... Too much would change on the customer's end. As petty as it seems, something like all new channel numbers, not to mention different hardware, would be a nightmare for ATT to deal with.
How much functionality that's in the Homezone offering is missing from the HR2X receivers now? The HR2X's have DVR functions, you can watch pictures from your computer with music if you want, you can remote schedule, you can get VoD content. So they market it with AT&T DSL service and DirecTV and to me it looks the same, what's missing?I'm not sure DIRECTV is up to offering a Homezone receiver given the seemingly random development of their current HD DVRs.
The actual integration. It is very hard to work cooperatively with an entity who develops like DIRECTV appears to be flailing at it.So they market it with AT&T DSL service and DirecTV and to me it looks the same, what's missing?
The actual integration. It is very hard to work cooperatively with an entity who develops like DIRECTV appears to be flailing at it.
There may or may not be a requirement for OTA that couldn't be reasonably served by DIRECTV's current designs. This is probably fixable. The current Homezone receiver has two OTA/cable inputs.
There is also the nagging issue of not having integrated agile RF distribution. This is also fixable.
There is also some question of whether or not DIRECTV's agreement with TiVo could be extended to a third party like 2wire (or whether or not there is anything TiVo left in there to fuss over).
I think thats good, my ergen is getting a bit of his same medicine, what comes around goes around. He dropped Voom HD, ignored the top tier customers and replaced the 15 Voom channels with weak up converted crap, charges too much now that Voom HD is gone, and in a lawsuit with Tivo and Voom for his behavior. To me they could have had a chance if they used Voom HD to their advantage by including them in the HD package with no extra fees and really created a marketing campaign around better quaity programming. Now they are over priced, low quality HD and to me they will continue to go down hill as more users will choose Directv. Maybe that will finally get him ousted from dish? either that or maybe dish will die a slow death?
AT&T said the debt-repayment request -- which comes two years before the debt matured -- wasn't related to the evaluation of the marketing agreement. "We feel this money can be put to better use than loaning it at 3%," its annual interest rate, said AT&T spokesman Michael Coe.
"Given AT&T does not likely need the cash, we believe that this event has negative strategic implications for Dish," Ingrid Chung, an analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., wrote in a research note Tuesday. Ms. Chung wrote that the development may throw Dish management off balance and compel Dish management to make more concessions in order to keep its exclusive arrangement with AT&T.